Packet pick-up is recommended at the Sport & Health Expo. No race day registration.You are allowed, if necessary, to pick up your packet near the start line at the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus from 6:10 am to 7:15 am. on Sunday.
This race is Champion Chip timed by Final Time. Results will be posted on Final Time and on the results page. You can go to Final Time via www.finaltiming.com. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Mankato Free Press on Monday, October 20 for a listing of race results.
Official time for the marathon will be kept until 2:15 pm. Please email the race director if you feel that you will be unable to complete the marathon in this time period.
Download the Mankato Marathon Map
Minnesota Pacers will carry signs to lead groups to the finish line to reach specific goals. Feel free to stop by the Minnesota Pacers booth at the Scheels & Under Armour Sport and Health Expo or at the start line and sign up for free. The Pacers will be handing out pace bands to runners at the expo as well. The Minnesota Pacers Pace Team is comprised of locally talented runners who have been carefully chosen based on their recent successes in marathons. Let them guide you to the finish line on race morning.
Half Marathon pace groups for the following time goals:
Beginning 30 minutes before the race, the official pace team will be lined up at the starting line according to pace. The pacers will make all last minute instructions to their group at the starting line.
Sam Ryder is the MN Pacers Pace Team leader and to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for any pacer related questions or comments from runners.
Participants are allowed to use headphones and similar devices at this event, but at their own risk. With this said, for the safety of all the participants, we strongly encourage a headphone free environment at this race. Participants safety is Final Stretch’s highest priority when managing a race. Therefore, if you are wearing headphones or similar devices during the event, please turn them off or remove them when coming to an intersection that is monitored by police or course marshals. They are trying to make this event safe for you and need to communicate to all participants valuable information. Thank you for your cooperation in advance for making this event a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT SAFETY AND SECURITY
With the tragic events that occurred in Boston earlier this year, we are taking as many precautionary steps as we can to keep the Mankato Marathon safe for everyone involved. With that, we have a couple of important things for you the participants to note:
1. ALL UNNATTENDED BAGS left anywhere on the grounds will be confiscated.
Overall Awards for Male and Female in the marathon and half marathon will receive a cash prize of the following:
1st Place – $250
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50
Overall winners for the men’s and women’s marathon and half marathon will also receive a trophy, a medal and a Mankato Marathon print. If you are an overall cash prize winner, you are not eligible to receive an age category medal. Overall winners are determined by Gun Time and not by Chip Time.
HALF MARATHON Age Category Awards:
1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place for Males and Females in the following age categories
19 and under
70 and up
Age category winners will receive a medal.
Runners in the Half Marathon will also receive an official race t-shirt at packet pick up and medal when they cross the finish line. Runners must complete the race to receive their shirt and medal.
Each finishing participant will receive a high quality long-sleeve technical shirt. Shirts for the Marathoners are special since they will have a special design with the words FINISHER on them. All marathoners must finish the event to get a shirt. Shirts will be given to marathoners at the end of the run.
Each participant will receive a medal when they cross the finish line.
Each participant will receive a race goodie bag with valuable coupons and samples of great products.
Marathon, Half Marathon, first runner on Relay Team and 10K runners will be able to check their belongings on race day at the start line. At packet pick up, runners will receive their official Mayo Clinic Health System Drop Bag (same as goodie bag) as well as a bag label which corresponds to your bib number. Before your race attach the bag label to your bag and fill the bag with your warm-up clothes. There will be a bag drop area near the start line to drop your clothes and gear prior to the race. Items must be in your Mayo Clinic Health System Drop Bag. NO OTHER BAGS ALLOWED. You can pick up your bag in the runner’s corral at the end of your race. You must show your race number to get your gear back.
We ask that no valuable or fragile items be left in your gear. This drop area is for only gear and there is no guarantee on your items. We do not accept responsibility for loss or theft. Any items left unattended at the starting line and/or finish line for the 10K, relay, half or marathon will be picked up and donated to a local charity.
Start Line Logistics
Runners are required to either get dropped off at the start line at Minnesota State University, Mankato campus OR park in downtown Mankato and take the shuttle buses from the Verizon Wireless Center to the start line. Buses will take people from the Verizon Wireless Center to the start line at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 6:00 to 7:05 a.m. The shuttle buses are for runners only, they will not return to the Verizon Wireless Center after the race begins.
Parking at the finish near the Verizon Wireless Center
There is plenty of parking in the City Center that is around and within walking distance of the Verizon Wireless Center. Parking is also available in nearby parking ramps and on-street parking. Please see the map below to find parking locations that are available to you. Runners and family members will not be allowed access to the downtown parking ramp via the alley. Parking ramp access for runners is allowed only on the south entrance.
Download a map of the City Center parking ramps.
The start lines for all races (10K, Relay, Half and Marathon) are located in the parking lots of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Campus. The parking lots are located on the southwest corner of Stadium Road and Monks Avenue. If you are dropping your runner off, please remember that you will be able to park in these lots on the north half but not on the south half. The actual start lines are in the middle of these lots. All 10K runners will start at 7:30 am. All Relay, Half and Full Marathon runners will start together at 8 am.
Start Line Map
- Mile 2.4 = Water, ice, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 4.7 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 6.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 8.9 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support, Carbos
- Mile 11 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, Carbos, portable toilets and Medical Support, Hammer Gels
- Mile 13.3 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 15.5 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 17.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, Carbos, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 19.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, Fruit, portable toilets and Medical Support, Hammer Gels
- Mile 21.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support, Fruit
- Mile 22.8 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 24 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
- Mile 25.4 = Water, ice, Sports Drink, portable toilets and Medical Support
The exact mileages are subject to change. The sports drink at the aid stations will be varying flavors of Gatorade.
Medical Personnel and Aid Stations
There are 12 medical aid stations along the marathon course and a medical field station at the finish. They are marked on the map with a first aid symbol. For medical assistance along the course, look for personnel in the red shirts, they will be available to assist you.
Communication personnel and head course marshals will have radios and phones to contact emergency personnel quickly. All official marathon committee members will also be available.
Officers will be located at all major intersections where traffic intersects the course. They will also be patrolling the course. Please keep in mind this is not a closed course. You must still follow the rules of the road.